October, 17, 2002 – Hollywood: The Artists For A Better World 2nd Annual Arts Festival opened with a magical musical entitled “Mission of the Artist,” based on an original story by Barbara Joy Cordova, which was adapted for stage and directed by Jean Garbutt. Cordova was inspired to write the story after studying the works of L. Ron Hubbard, who states that “A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists.”
The story starts out on an enchanting planet called Athena, where artists are free to create and inspire others, until forces of evil threaten them. Many of them end up leaving their homeland and end up on Earth, where they are entrenched within a world filled with drugs, crime and ignorance. Some of these artists seek to expose the truth about those who would dare to destroy creativity and society in general.
Cordova said, “One of the things I love more than anything is taking an important message and getting it communicated through aesthetics. It was a joy to see my story, about the importance of the artist to society, become transformed into a musical production. The Director, cast and crew did a fabulous job of presenting this story through acting, song and dance – with some wonderful comedy thrown in. This was truly a group effort, and the people involved made it a joy to watch.”
“I became revitalized as an artist. I will do my mission/crusade as an artist.” RF
“I got inspired to do my best at my art forms. Gave me new ideas.” QS